Thieves are stealing bikes on campus even though the bikes are secured with chains and wires. (Alexandra Plancarte/TCU360)

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Bike theft at TCU has been reported multiple times this semester on campus, and TCU police have urged students to register their bicycles on the TCU police website to avoid future thefts.

TCU police said in a crime alert Tuesday that bicycles have been stolen from bike racks at various times of the day. Many of the bikes were secured with locks and cables that thieves cut through.

According to the TCU police daily crime and fire log, 19 bike thefts reportedly occurred in the months of August and September.

TCU police said that one suspect of bike theft was arrested before completing the theft.

Two other suspects had been previously arrested but “are currently not incarcerated and have been observed in the surrounding area,” according to the crime alert.

The crime alert described one of the two suspects as a 5-foot-8-inch 42-year-old white male weighing 180 pounds.

The other suspect is a 23-year-old black male who weighs 180 pounds and is 5 feet 9 inches tall.

There are likely other suspects, but evidence has not suggested anyone from the TCU community is a suspect, according to the crime alert.

The suspects sometimes “ride a bike onto the campus carrying backpacks,” according to the alert.

“They leave the bike they are riding in the bike rack and steal another, sometimes returning later for the original bike,” according to the alert.

TCU police recommend students visit a bicycle shop to purchase a high security bike lock in addition to registering their bike on the TCU police website.